Double Ivor Novello nominees The Leisure Society released their new album, Alone Aboard The Ark, on April 1 and began a UK tour last week.
Alone Aboard The Ark is the follow up to 2011’s lauded Into The Murky Water and their debut album, Sleeper.
They were nominated for an Ivor Novello (alongside heavyweights such as Elbow and The Last Shadow Puppets) in 2009 for the single The Last of The Melting Snow. And they joined an incredibly select group a year later when Save It For Someone Who Cares was also nominated.
Alone Aboard The Ark, meanwhile, was recorded at Kinks frontman Ray Davies’s Konk Studios, after Ray declared himself a fan of the band and sought their help arranging and recording his new solo material.
Ray also included them in the line-up when he curated 2011’s Meltdown Festival on the South Bank.
Their new album is more of their recognizable baroque pop but also marks the band’s first foray into the use of synths and features brass lines by Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons.
The Leisure Society come to the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea tonight with support from Keston Cobblers’ Club. Tickets cost £12 from (023) 9286 3911 or wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.